The families were greeted by Red Cross volunteers and staff at the airport before being taken to the Red Cross for an afternoon tea.

“We'd like to offer a warm welcome to all our new arrivals,” said Red Cross Community Services Manager, Chris Stuart. “We are excited to have you here and look forward to the contributions you'll make to the region.”

Kirsten Rødsgaard was one of the Red Cross volunteers waiting to greet Nelson's newest residents and had been brushing up on her Spanish in preparation for their arrival.

“It's an exciting time for Nelson because this intake includes a new nationality,” said Kirsten. “The family I'm helping to resettle have a very positive outlook and seemed comfortable in Nelson immediately after landing.”

Although tired and hungry, the group was jubilant to arrive in their new home, enjoying the warm and sunny weather Nelson had to offer.

Oscar Estrada Triana was one of the new arrivals, touching down along with his wife and four children.

"We want to thanks all the people in New Zealand who have opened their hearts to welcome us into this beautiful country," he said.

If you'd like to join the Red Cross team and make a difference in the community, you can find out about volunteering opportunities here.